Posts tagged "hawks"

Niemi expected to return as a Blackhawk with $2.75 million salary

  In a summer of losses, the Chicago Blackhawks skated away with a minor victory during convention weekend after an arbitrator reportedly awarded goaltender Antti Niemi a one-year salary of $2.75 million.  The Hawks championship netminder was seeking in excess of $3 million after an NHL rookie campaign that ended with the Finn hoisting the Stanley... Read more »

Hjalmarsson offer sheet jeopardizes Bowman's word

  Doug Wilson fired a high, hard one at the upper left corner.  Stan Bowman has seven days to take one off the mask or duck for cover. The former Blackhawks defenseman took a shot at his former team as Wilson’s San Jose Sharks signed Niklas Hjalmarsson to a 4-year, $14 million offer sheet.  The... Read more »

Ex-Hawk Bob Probert dead at age 45

Ex-Hawk Bob Probert dead at age 45
  Former Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings enforcer Bob Probert has died at the age of 45.  Probert passed away from an apparent heart attack while on a boat on Lake St. Clair in Windsor, Ontario.   He is survived by a wife and four children. Probert played for the Hawks from 1995-2002 after a... Read more »

Byfuglien is first casualty of Blackhawks cap crunch

  It will take the Chicago Blackhawks about 10 months to determine if they’ll miss Dustin Byfuglien. Say what you will about the big lug (and I’ve said plenty), but the impact of Byfuglien’s removal from the Stanley Cup champions won’t be felt until the Blackhawks meet the Vancouver Canucks in the second round of... Read more »

Stanley Cup celebration is over for Blackhawks GM

Stanley Cup celebration is over for Blackhawks GM
  I believe a week of celebration is about to end for Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman.  The young NHL executive did guide his club to their first Stanley Cup championship in 49 years in his first season at the helm.  But, rightly or wrongly, few people outside of the organization give the 37-year... Read more »

Kane OT goal wins Blackhawks Stanley Cup

  Patrick Kane sped past Kimmo Timonen down the left side of the zone sending a shot skidding across the ice surface and through Flyers goalie Michael Leighton’s legs as he hugged the near post for a Blackhawks overtime Stanley Cup game winner.  For a few moments, only Kane knew he had ended Chicago’s 49-year... Read more »

Brilliant first period lifts Blackhawks to 3-2 series lead

  The Chicago Blackhawks are one win from their first Stanley Cup in 49 years after they beat the Philadelphia Flyers 7-4 behind an opening 20 minutes which was the clubs’ best period of the year.  It was the biggest game in the history of the Original Six franchise since the Game 7 loss to... Read more »

Kane's efforts not enough as Hawks fall to Philly in OT

  For twenty seconds I was able to imagine a three-game series lead for the Blackhawks.  At all other points of Wednesday’s game, I prepared myself for the inevitable conclusion that the Flyers would win. It took an extra session, but Philadelphia proved my gut right with a 4-3 overtime victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. ... Read more »

Niemi stakes Blackhawks to 2-0 series lead

  The Chicago Blackhawks are two wins away from the Stanley Cup and the Philadelphia Flyers haven’t even seen their best.  Well, that is, except for the rookie goaltender from Finland. Antti Niemi goaltended Chicago to a 2-1 win over the Flyers on Monday night at the United Center to give the Hawks a 2-0... Read more »

Kopecky's performance presents Quenneville with a good problem

  If I had asked a question of Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville when our paths crossed at a suburban establishment Saturday night after Chicago’s triumph in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final, it would have been regarding Tomas Kopecky’s status for Game 2.  I chose the road of silent respect for a coach... Read more »